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"Confidence in Chaos"

minnesota trucking association
91st Annual Conference

Presented by:

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MTA Members Early Bird (ends June 1): $449

Members: $499 

Non-Members: $899

Spouse: $299

Child: $99

MTA Members Wednesday Day Sessions Only: $299

AUGUST 8-10, 2023

Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake

11000 Craguns Dr, Brainerd, MN 56401


The room block will sell out quickly so be sure and book today!


Limited space available!  Reserve your foursome


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Secure your sponsorships for the 91st Annual Conference today!

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Johnny Quinn, 2014 U.S. Olympian Bobsledder

Breaking Through Barriers explores the challenges and obstacles that can hold us back in life and work, and shows how to overcome them. This talk will cover the importance of resilience, determination, and a growth mindset in facing and conquering challenges, and will provide practical tools and techniques for developing these qualities. Through inspiring stories and expert insights, attendees will learn how to break through their own barriers and achieve their full potential. Whether you are looking to overcome personal or professional challenges, this session is a must-see for anyone looking to break through to the next level.

Brought to you by the MTA Safety Council 

Learn best practices to drive safety as a priority from the top down and bottom up to manage risk and enhance overall profitability of the company.


Lisa Gonnerman, President, Bay & Bay Transportation (Executive)

Katie Talcott, Safety Director, Dedicated Logistics (LTL)

Nathaniel Leis, Safety Director, ATS (OTR)

Karol Smith, Safety Director, SBS Transportation (Intermodal)

Todd Haag, Logistics Safety & Training Specialist, Coborn’s (Private)

Craig Howse, Founder, Conext, LLC

Learn through others why intentional family-business succession planning is important for your family and your business and how to do it well.  During this session you will learn what's at stake in succession planning for all generations, seven common mistakes, and elements of a successful succession plan. 

Leah Shaver, President - The National Transportation Institute

In this session, attendees will hear from an expert in driver recruiting and retention programs about how to effectively re-build and market professional driving jobs and compensation strategies for long-term recruiting and retention success. For-hire carriers and private trucking fleets of all shapes and sizes have trucks sitting empty and idle because of trouble recruiting and retaining truck drivers. These labor supply constraints have only become more entrenched since last year, as job opportunities became plentiful in all industries that compete against trucking for available workers and as the needs and attitudes of the modern workforce shift. What can fleets do? The solution lies in meeting drivers where they are, listening to and heeding the demands of the new economy, and evolving your driving job opportunities and your relationships with drivers.

Thom Albrecht, CFO & CRO – Reliance Partners

Get a better handle on the latest demand and supply trends in 2023 and what that portends for 2024.  Will economic growth accelerate and will housing’s slump end?  And specific to trucking, will capacity be tight in 2024 or will the trucking recovery be mediocre?

Stephen Shapiro, Founder – The Invisible Solutions Institute

We are in chaotic times. The future is harder to predict than ever. New problems pop up daily.  What if you had a systematic way to reveal new opportunities, uncover invisible barriers, and solve nearly any difficult problem? Now you can.

In this session, you will learn a practical approach to help you identify solutions you never knew existed.  During this program, you will…

  • discover why we are hardwired to ask ineffective questions and how to work through those barriers

  • understand the power and importance of well-defined questions

  • reframe any problem multiple ways to help you find the optimal solution

You won’t just leave with new concepts; you will have powerful tools you can apply every day.

6:00am - 7:00 pm   Conference Registration open


6:00 am                    Sponsor Expo setup


9:30 am                    Golf registration opens (Tom Lehman Course- Cragun's)

11:00 am                  Golf shotgun start     


1:00 – 4:00 pm         Hospitality Suite open (Room 371- Down the hall from Sports Centre)


4:00 – 5:00 pm         First time attendee gathering (Bear Trap Lounge)

5:30 – 7:00 pm         Welcome BBQ (North Beach)  


7:00 – 9:30 pm         Welcome Party & Expo (Sports Centre & Adjacent parking lot)

9:00 – 11:00 pm       Hospitality Suite open (Room 371- Down the hall from Sports Centre)




6:00 - 7:00 am          Conference Registration Open

7:00 – 8:00 am         MTA Board of Directors meeting (Bear Trap Lounge)

7:00 – 8:15 am         NEXTLEADER Council (Dutch Room)


7:00 – 8:15 am         Attendee breakfast (Lakeside Dining Room)

8:30 - 8:40 am          Morning education sessions begin (Sports Centre)

8:40 - 9:40 am          Opening Keynote: Innovation in a Time of Chaos






9:40 - 9:45 am          Education Mini Session (Sports Centre)

9:45 - 9:50 am          NEXTLEADER speakers

9:50 - 10:05 am        Coffee Break in Exhibits 

10:05 - 11:05 am      General Session: Assessing 2023 Trends and Will 2024 be a Robust Freight Party?

11:00 - 1:00 pm        Spouse Event (Marina)- Spouse must be registered for the conference

11:05 - 11:10 am      NEXTLEADER speakers

11:10 -11:15 am       Education Mini Session (Sports Centre)

11:15 - 11:30 a     Coffee Break in Exhibits 

11:30 - 1:00 p       Safety Awards Luncheon (Lakeside Dining Room)

1:10 - 2:10 pm          CEOs Talk Business - Roundtable Discussions (Paul Bunyan Room)

2:10 - 2:20 p         Break

2:20 - 3:00 pm          Breakout Session Option 1: Evolving the driver job with the modern workforce 

                                    (Lakeshore Room)

2:20 - 3:00 pm          Breakout Session Option 2:  Succession Stories - Why some family business successions succeed and                                         others don't (Lakeshore Room)

3:00 - 3:10 p         Break


3:10 - 3:50 pm          Breakout Session Option 3: Managing Profitability Through a Safety Driven Culture  

                                    (Lakeshore Room)



3:10 - 3:50 pm              Breakout Session Option 4: Making Equipment Purchase Decisions with Emerging New Technology  

                                                 (Lakeshore Room)

                                                 Brought to you by the MTA Maintenance Council

3:50 - 6:00 p         Free time

5:30 - 9:00 p         Kids Pizza Party- ages 5+ (must be registered for conference) (Shoreline Room)

6:00 - 7:00 p         Truck Expo Cocktail Hour (Parking lot adjacent to Sports Centre)

7:00 - 9:00 p         Evening Banquet (Sports Centre)

9:00 - 11:00 p       Banquet After Party (Sun Deck)


8:00 am                      Breakfast Buffet (Sports Centre)

8:15 - 9:00 a          Membership Business Meeting (Sports Centre)

9:00 - 10:00 am         Closing Session: Breaking Through Barriers



10:00 am                    Conference Adjourns



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[cocktail party]


[banquet and safety luncheon]



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[welcome party]

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[official accounting, tax and consulting sponsor]

[breakout session]

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[coffee breaks]


Thermo King Sales & Service
Wallwork Financial
PRO Resources
TVC Pro Driver


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